Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Twinkle toes

Laval, QC, July 2009

I thought I'd say goodbye to this week's theme with a bit of a self portrait - and a quick story. When I was a kid, I spent a couple of years in a cast due to wonky hips that, thankfully, are now fully functional. It was a two-leg, a-framed contraption that forever branded me as "the kid in the cast" and taught me to always think first about what it's like to walk in someone else's shoes.

Which is ironic given I didn't wear shoes between the age of 4 and 6. Instead, my toes stuck out of little holes at the bottom of the cast. And I wiggled them. Often. Because that was pretty much the only exercise they got. And it looked pretty funny, too. And if you caught an adult at just the right time, it made them laugh. Other kids in the ward, too.

So occasionally I train my lens on my long-since-freed toes. Because I still like to wiggle them. And I still like to see others smile when I do.

Your turn: Making complete strangers happy. Please discuss.

One more thing: Please pop back in tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST. Our next Thematic theme, 2009 - the year that was, launches then, and I suspect you won't want to miss out. Well, at least I hope you won't!


Peg Cherre said...

Geez, you have nice looking toes. Not me - I've never liked my feet. Very unphotogenic.

Hope 2010 is better to you.

Rinkly Rimes said...

The story of a complete stranger making ME happy.

By the way, you should be a foot-model! Very well-preserved feet; it must have been all that wiggling!

Mojo said...

I of course immediately turned to Forrest Gump when I read the back story on this shot.

For the discussion, I turn to my youngest niece. My brother and his family were vacationing in NYC over Christmas and their youngest spotted a homeless man outside their hotel. Very quietly, she pulled he mother aside and said she wanted to get the man a sweatshirt and a sandwich. None of the rest of them found out about this until they returned home but apparently this was like gold, frankincense and myrrh to someone without anything to call his own.

Made me proud to be related to the girl.

And for my final foray into "Feet", I return to India Fest 20009.
Thematic Photographic 81: "Feet" v.7.0 - So You Think You Can Dance (Part III)

Gallow said...

Excellent photo.

Pamela said...

You have such cute pudgy feet. I thought they'd be bony and all.

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

across jeans said...

It must have felt quirky wearing those in your younger years.